• Mediated Musings,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    Religion Photography, An invasive practice?

    *Originally posted on my portfolio site* I encountered a dilemma that has perplexed me for years as a religious studies student during the second week of journalism school – religious tourism. It was obvious that I would cover a Muslim prayer ceremony when we received the assignment to report on a D.C. area event listed in the AP Daybook. After six years of study religion academically, a religious event was exactly the story I wanted.

  • Books,  Findings,  Life & Reflections,  Mediated Musings

    Happy 4th of July

    “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788   HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

  • Life & Reflections,  Mediated Musings,  News

    A Year In Review

    Happy New Year! Although it is almost a month into 2014, a review of 2013 cannot be overlooked. Last year was a big one for Sitting in the Stacks and for me. Sitting in the Stacks received a make-over, introducing a new blog that reflected all of my interests. Books remained a key focus of Sitting in the Stacks, but religion, current events, creative writing, and personal reflections breathed new life into the all new design.

  • Life & Reflections,  News

    From the Great Beyond of Graduate School

    While it may feel as if I am in the Great Beyond, detached from the rest of the world because of graduate school, I am still alive. In the past four weeks I have read 3 books for two different classes. These books are Symbolism of Evil by Paul Ricoeur, The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth Century America by Sarah Barringer Gordon, and Poetics by Aristotle.

  • Life & Reflections,  Mediated Musings,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    “To Be or Not To Be”: My Take On the Choice to Be “Spiritual, but not Religious”

    For weeks now, I have been composing a post in response to an article written about the “spiritual, but not religious.” Yet, my multiple starts did not have an ending or it read as a ramble about my beliefs. The article that caused me such writing strife, “My Take: ‘I’m spiritual, but not religious’ is a cop-out,” is by Alan Miller and is posted in the CNN Belief Blog.

  • Life & Reflections,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    Hump Day Reflection

    Every week at my job, we have a staff meeting on Monday mornings. We take turns leading a reflection before we get down to business – one of the perks of working for a people focused organization. This week a co-worker offerred these words from Mother Teresa. I find that they have followed me this week, so I now offer them to you on this hump day.     “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.…

  • Life & Reflections,  Mediated Musings

    Dining Table Wonderland

    Today as I walked around Saugatuck, MI,  I spotted a small child (about 9 or 10) reading a book at a restaurant.  Suddenly I was completely overcome by a smile.  Then, that smile turned into envy.  I was envious that the girl or boy (I don’t remember) was allowed to bring a book to the table.  It seemed to me that at such a young age that child couldn’t appreciate the opportunity to escape from table conversation into a different world. Why is it that at a certain age it becomes inappropriate to bring a book to the table at meal time?  Yes, yes I do understand that during meal…